Faster development and greater RES share
are necessary to facilitate power system security and independence. In order to
achieve this, we need at least one new pumped storage hydropower plant. The
Japanese pumped storage hydropower plant Okutataragi,
with a capacity of 1,932 megawatts, is an example of the technology that
enables this and significantly contributes to Japan’s energy security - said
Dušan Živković, acting general manager of EPS JSC, after visiting PSHPP Okutataragi.
He pointed out that Okutataragi is the largest pumped storage hydropower plant in Japan
and one of the largest in the world, a very impressive plant that covers peak
electricity needs at the times when this is most needed. Despite its very large
size of the pumped storage hydropower plant Okutataragi
located in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, its surrounding nature, rivers and forests are
captivating. Serbia needs to apply such a pumped storage hydropower plant operating
principle, and Japan’s experience will be very useful.
- The Bistrica Pumped Storage Hydropower Plant Project is strategic for
EPS and it is one of its most important investments. This PSHPP is significant
due to its energy storage capacity, while the future PSHPP Bistrica with the planned capacity of 656 megawatts, would be ideal
to cover RES operation fluctuations - said Živković.
Before the visit of the pumped storage
hydropower plant Okutataragi, acting
general manager of EPS JSC attended the meeting of Ms. Dubravka Đedović
Handanović, Minister of Mining and Energy, with the representatives of the
Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA). Japanese officials
expressed their readiness and willingness to support the Bistrica pumped storage hydropower plant construction project.